Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

Dems decry lack of action on mine safety

Congressional action to strengthen mine safety is “long overdue,” Democrats with jurisdiction over worker protections said Thursday on the second anniversary of the nation’s deadliest mining accident in 40 years.

The explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine was made possible by unsafe practices by the Massey Energy Company and understaffed […]

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Sen. Lugar’s GOP foe slams energy group affiliations

Richard Mourdock, who is Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-Ind.) Tea Party-backed GOP primary foe, is calling on the incumbent to renounce his affiliation with two groups that support legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions.

Mourdock, the state treasurer, wants Lugar to resign from his advisory positions with the Alliance to Save Energy and the Brookings Institution’s Energy […]

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House GOP subpoenas Interior over planned coal mining rules

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) subpoenaed the Interior Department Thursday over planned regulations aimed at curbing environmental damage from Appalachian coal mining.

The subpoena, which was authorized by Republicans on the committee late last month, requires Interior to provide all documents related to the planned regulations by noon on April 12.

It’s the second […]

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Green groups sue EPA to force coal-waste rules

Green groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force completion of long-planned national regulations to govern disposal of so-called coal ash, a waste product from power plants.

“In the absence of national standards requiring safe disposal, coal ash has been dumped in thousands of unlined and unmonitored ponds, landfills, pits and mines. The result has […]

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Energy Department prepares to approve more green loans

The Energy Department said Thursday it expects to begin tentatively approving new taxpayer-backed loans for renewable energy projects in the coming months.

The announcement comes about seven months after Solyndra, the California solar firm that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the administration in 2009, went bankrupt, setting off a firestorm in Washington.

“The Department expects […]

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On the stump, Dems split with Obama over Keystone XL pipeline

President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don’t have the same luxury.

Eight of the 18 non-incumbent Democrats running for Senate surveyed by The Hill either steadfastly support the pipeline or oppose it outright, breaking with Obama’s decision to reserve judgment on […]

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News bites: Energy loans stalled

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Energy Department is no longer in a rush to disburse loan money.

Politico examines the media’s rush to find the next Solyndra.

High gas prices are hurting independent gas station owners, the Journal reports.The Washington Post reports on “the world’s most famous gas station.”

The Journal has the latest on […]

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Dems intensify attacks on oil speculators in effort to counter Republican attacks

House Democratic leaders on Wednesday amplified their attacks on Wall Street oil traders, arguing that excessive speculation — not a lack of supply — is to blame for skyrocketing prices at the pump.

With gas prices tickling $4 per gallon nationwide, the Democrats are trying to counter Republican accusations that President Obama’s energy policies are behind […]

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